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Tatler's edit of the best primers to prep your skin and keep your make-up looking flawless all day long

This story was originally published on October 2, 2019 and was updated on 29 March, 2022.

1. Hourglass

Tried and tested, the Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Primer delivers on its promise of erasing fine lines, pores and any imperfects with just one pump. In a roundtable session with Vanessa Eckels, the global artistry trainer of Hourglass gave Tatler a demonstration on how game-changing the new primer can be. She shares that she only requires a thin layer of foundation to finish her looks after the gel primer—and sometimes, foregoes it all together. 

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2. Gucci Beauty

Launched earlier this year, Gucci Beauty's Sérum De Beauté Fluide Matifiant has gained a cult following in the beauty community for its long-lasting formula and ultra-smooth finish. Formulated with a sebo regulator complex of Moambe Jaune tree extract, salicylic acid, hyauronic acid and glycerin, it is perfect for those with combination and oily skin. 

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3. Tatcha

The Liquid Silk Canvas Primer is a make-up essential that protects and nourishes the skin while providing the perfect base for your make-up. It seals the skin with a velvety layer of Tatcha's signature silk extracts and superfood blend of Hadasei-3 to keep it feeling hydrated all day, without dampening the effects of even the most pigmented make-up products. 

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4. Chanel

The Le Blanc De Chanel Multi-Use Illuminating Base is formulated with witch hazel extract to reduce the appearance of pores, silica and mica powders for a matte complexion, as well as liquorice extract to even out skin's texture. Beloved by make-up artists worldwide, it leaves your skin soft throughout the day with its moisturising complex. 

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5. YSL Beauty

The Touche Éclat Blur Primer is filled with various essential oils such as passiflora edulis oil or known as maracuja oil to combat dry skin. The primer has a transparent gel to create the perfect glow while also reducing visible pores, boosting skin luminosity and smoothing skin's texture. 

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6. Tarte Cosmetics

Powered by potent ingredients, the Tarte Timeless Smoothing Primer is fortified with Vitamin E, a natural preservative that acts as an anti-inflammatory emollient, Vitamin C that helps brighten up skin as well as combat premature ageing, and green bean extract to minimise wrinkles and the appearance of pores. Soothing and softening, it is a great base for your foundation. 

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7. Fenty Beauty

Fenty Beauty's Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer absorbs shine without leaving the skin feeling chalky and dry, and has a long-wear element with an instant retouch effect. 


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